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What does ‘future PM’ really mean?


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What does ‘future PM’ really mean?
By Zan Azlee

So Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the defence minister, is the person most Malaysians would prefer as prime minister.

This is according to a survey done by the Merdeka Centre. Commissioned by The Malaysian Insider, it is one of the most talked about stories this week.

Hishammuddin, of course, has said that he will not entertain such a survey and that it is just a ploy to create discord in his party, Umno.

What is interesting is that Malaysia has never had direct elections for prime minister, and Malaysians probably will never have the opportunity to decide the nation’s leader.

Elections in this country have always been about voting for a certain party and never about a particular candidate. And when a survey like this is done, it gets people excited.

Though the survey does not directly result in how the country is governed, I guess it’s just interesting to see how Malaysians would decide if they were able to decide.

In the last general election, the popular vote when to Pakatan Rakyat (51%) as opposed to Barisan Nasional. That shows that the majority of Malaysians want a change in government.

However, this want isn’t reflected in the recent survey because if it was, then the person most Malaysians would want as prime minister would have been from the opposition.

And herein lies the problem. Malaysians don’t really know what will happen if there was a change to the federal government; if the opposition were to win and take over Putrajaya. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The Malays and the magical amulet


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The Malays and the magic amulet
By Zan Azlee

Malay Muslims in Malaysia are a lucky lot because they have an added layer of protection to help them preserve their faith, culture and tradition in this country.

They have the all-powerful Sedition Act which seems to be like a magical amulet (tangkal). Once you put it on your body, it will form an invisible shield that will protect you from danger.

This will definitely make the lives of Malay Muslims so much easier because it is one less problem that they need to worry about in their heads.

Malay Muslims wouldn’t have to waste time on trying to pursue a proper education and to have a good understanding of their religion to strengthen their faith.

Let the other Muslims around the world suffer and work hard to learn and gain knowledge. They need that struggle to remain Muslims, unlike the Malay Muslims in Malaysia.

While other Muslims around the world have to think andanalyse things that happen around them in order to make sense of it all and see the relevance of their lives, Malay Muslims don’t need to. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 37) – #KitaLawan cannot lawan Foo Fighters


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 37) – #KitaLawan cannot lawan Foo Fighters

Aizyl tries talking #KitaLawan but Zan’s more interested in talking about the Foo Fighters concert he just came back from. But why shouldn’t he? More people gathered to listen to Dave Grohl than Nik Nazmi this weekend.

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

My former schoolmate who never returned to Malaysia


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My former schoolmate who never returned to Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

Recently, on a trip to the United States, I paid a visit to a secondary school friend of mine from Kuala Lumpur who now works and lives in Washington DC. He shall remain unnamed as I think he would prefer that.

Of course, he and I are the same age (37 years old this year, and proud of it!) and for the sake of context, I would like to let everyone know that he is a Chinese Malaysian.

He left Malaysia right after the SPM examination to further his studies in the US. As soon as he graduated, he found a job as an engineer and has been there ever since.

As we chatted over coffee, I asked him why he never came back to Malaysia to look for a job. The way he responded was as if it was the most obvious and logical choice not to come back.
His parents had a small shop and they slogged to send him and his siblings overseas for their tertiary education so they would have a good opportunity to build their careers.

His sister went to university in New Zealand and decided to head back to Malaysia as soon as she graduated to get a job in the IT industry. And she found a job quite easily.

The challenge was to balance her income with the cost of living in Malaysia. Even after a few years, she still couldn’t afford to buy a home or a car. And so she moved back to New Zealand where she could have more spending power.

His brother also went to New Zealand to attend university, and being the more academically talented one in the family, managed to get a scholarship so the father didn’t have to slog.

But he was a little bit too critical about Malaysian politics and social issues that his scholarship was eventually taken away. His father ended up paying for his education and he decided to stay on in New Zealand. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]

Visiting Tehran-engganu!


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Visiting Tehran-engganu!
By Zan Azlee

Iran is one of the most restrictive countries in the world when it comes to Islamic law. I got to see it all first hand several years ago when I went there to shoot a documentary film.

Many kinds of music (such as heavy metal) are illegal there. This I know because the documentary I shot there was about an Iranian metal band called Arsames.

They would play live at underground and illegal shows. Recordings of their songs were made in hidden basement studios deep in residential areas so as to not attract attention.

Other forms of restriction were on women. It was a law for all women whether Muslim or not to cover their heads with a scarf and were long overcoats that went down to their knees.

Even foreigners, whether tourists or those traveling for work, had to abide by these rules too. You would never see a woman’s bare head out in the streets of Tehran or any other towns.

And because of these restrictions, I found it very interesting to observe how Iranian women act on planes when flying in and out of the country. They were like Transformers robots. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]